Those of us who have been through the suicide of a loved one can easily forget that an attempted suicide, like a completed suicide, can set in motion unpredictable family upheaval. For Gregory Martin, his father’s attempted suicide resulted in the discovery that his father had led a clandestine gay life throughout his thirty-nine-year marriage. And there are more painful revelations to come.
Martin, who is a married father to two young boys, finds himself catapulted on a journey that one can only describe as wrenching. But as Martin takes you along for his family’s challenging ride, you can’t help but cheer for both Martin and his father as they stumble toward understanding and reconciliation.
About This Blog
Welcome to my blog, which grew out of my experience as a suicide survivor and my experience writing Why Suicide? (see below). On occasion I’ll be posting an essay based on something I’ve read, someone I’ve met, an experience I’ve had, or just a memory of someone in my life who took his or her life. If you have a thought on something I’ve written, I hope you won’t hesitate to join the conversation by leaving a comment.
About Eric Marcus
Eric Marcus is the author of several books, including Why Suicide?, Is It A Choice?, and Making Gay History. He is also co-author of Breaking the Surface, the #1 New York Times bestselling autobiography of Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis. And he currently serves on the national board of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. (Photo Credit: Dixie Sheridan.)